Growth Plan

Interested in what our 10-year plan is? We’ve broken it down into four key initiatives:

Over the next ten years, Good Work Foundation (GWF) will quadruple its impact in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, demonstrate the viability of an enterprise-driven non-profit and for-profit integrated platform, package the “GWF Rural Education Model” as a product that can be efficiently shared, and, via the sharing model, aim to reach more than half a million children and adults with relevant and digital learning.

A major goal of the sharing model is to ensure the sustainability of GWF as a social enterprise.

1: Consolidate – Quadruple Educational Impact at Regional Level

Expand and Consolidate Pilot Campuses in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province

A key driver in GWF’s growth plan is consolidating the model in a concentrated geographical area so that the benefits of a “multiple campus” programme can be demonstrated in a single district. Between 2016 and 2020 we will add five digital learning campuses to rural Mpumalanga province, all located close to the Greater Kruger National Park. In total, a cluster of six campuses in this area will service 500 young adults, 30 rural schools and more than 10,000 schoolchildren. This concentrated geographical strategy is critical to our ability to ensure rigorous programme monitoring and deeply understand the rural learning environments and their challenges.

The Huntington Digital Learning Campus

The Huntington Digital Learning Campus

Enhance the Reach of the Open Learning Academy Programme

GWF will continue to deliver digital learning to under-resourced elementary schools, allowing those schools to outsource their digital, English and mathematics literacy to a GWF digital learning campus. The programme should be understood in its two separate phases:

  • Open Learning Phase 1: Grade 4 learners from a campus’s satellite elementary schools attend the Open Learning Academy every week for a year as part of its formal curriculum.
  • Open Learning Phase 2: GWF digital facilitators, together with a charging trolley loaded with tablet computers and education software, extend the learning environment created at the digital learning campus back into the elementary school, ensuring on-going learning for Grade 5 learners, and then Grade 6 and 7 in subsequent years.

GWF launched Open Learning Phase 2 in 2015. The two-phase programme, which utilises the “digital learning lab on wheels”, ensures that GWF’s impact can extend to up to 1,000 learners per school. In 2015, GWF demonstrated a 13 percentage point mathematics improvement and a 14 percentage point English improvement in Grade 4 learners from schools partnering with Hazyview Digital Learning Campus in a six-month period.

Upgrade the Bridging Academy Curriculum for Rural Adults

As GWF scales its operations, it continues to implement best practice education programmes for the thousands of rural young adults who are unemployed and who do not have access to tertiary education. In pursuit of that goal, we have developed the Bridging Academy curriculum that is a recognised yearlong course that enables adults to become proficient in skills that are required in a 21st century workspace.

The first part of the Bridging Academy year equips learners with improved digital and English proficiency, using an internationally recognised and measured Microsoft end-user certificate. Throughout this process, the academy provides learners with practical seminars that focus on media, leadership and life-skills. In 2016 the academy partnered with Barclays Bank to incorporate the widely acclaimed “ReadyToWork” programme, an online portal that delivers rural students with work skills, people skills, money skills and entrepreneurial skills so that they are better equipped to find employment or create self-employment.

Building off the skills created in part one of the programme, in part two each learner has access to a career-assessment tool that informs an online study module choice. Available modules are chosen to complement the employability skills requirements of a particular area and, in Mpumalanga, include a wide range of modules in hospitality management and media.

As youth unemployment in rural areas climbs, GWF continues to develop the Bridging Academy curriculum, aggregating digital learning content that addresses the skills shortage. Through our use of digital learning tools, including online video lectures and learning content, in 2017 the Bridging Academy course costs less than $750 per student per year, positioning it as one of the highest value programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. The relative low cost of this course is critical to our plan to maximise the ROI of each digital learning campus.

2: Demonstrate - An Effective Ecosystem of Learning & Working

Rural development and job creation become more feasible as the new digital African marketplace – together with its infrastructure and “cloud” – expand out of urban areas and into the previously low-tech areas of rural Africa.

The Customer Interaction Centre (CIC) at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, a for-profit enterprise, has created a formidable private employment opportunity in provincial South Africa, leading to meaningful skills-training, job creation and income generation.

Graduates of the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus Bridging Academy and the IT Career-Training Academy have the option of matching their skills to a real opportunity without having to relocate to urban South Africa.

What’s more, the income generated from the CIC is reinvested back into the learning programmes at the campus.

This ecosystem of learning and working aims to 1) Meet the strategic needs of national corporations, 2) Support skills-development, job creation and innovation in rural communities and, 3) Sustain the campus and its learning programs.

GWF plans to continue to couple strategic academies with for-profit enterprises at HDLC.

The Contact Centre at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus

The Contact Centre at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus

3: Formalise – Share the GWF Model

University of How – Sharing Knowledge and Best Practices

In 2018 we will deliver our first comprehensive training programme on the GWF rural education model. The “University of How”, as we are calling it, will present a full-time and immersive pre-investment digital learning campus training course, based at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, and will deliver the following 10 modules:

  • Plant: Building and infrastructure
  • Financial planning and management
  • ICT setup: Hardware and software
  • Mission, values and culture
  • On-going fundraising and strategic partnerships
  • Recruitment and training of local facilitators
  • Implementation of educational programs
  • Tailoring career programs to match local skills requirements
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Storytelling, communications and reporting

The University of How supports GWF’s strategy to scale a practical solution that allows access to quality education for people living in rural and often-neglected areas. 

4. Catalyse – Grow the Network to Reach 160,000 Learners

Building a Sharing Model

As part of our growth plan we have identified potential external entities that would like to make an impact using education technology in rural or isolated areas where they are involved as stakeholders (external entities consist of NPOs, foundations, government organisations and corporates).

With the advent of the University of How, these entities will be able to 1) Enrol in a pre-investment training course with a view to creating a digital learning campus in a rural community, 2) Leave the University of How with a GWF digital learning campus manual, including a detailed financial and operational management blueprint, and 3) Apply to GWF to license their own independently operated digital learning campus.

Between 2018 and 2028 GWF will license a network of 32 digital learning campuses across sub-Saharan Africa. In 2028, GWF digital learning campuses will reach up to 77,140 previously disadvantaged children and a combined 4,800 rural school leavers and adults will be graduating every year through the Bridging Academy annually. Cumulatively, 165,000 unique rural people will have directly benefited and 90,900 number of rural people will have indirectly benefited. Across 32 campuses a minimum of 384 rural people will gain employment.

An Open Learning Academy learner at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus

An Open Learning Academy learner at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus

Ensuring GWF’s Sustainability as a Social Enterprise

The University of How and its accompanying GWF Rural Education sharing model, create a method in which we can scale the GWF model effectively for maximum impact, transforming the learning opportunities of rural African dwellers.

A second major goal of the solution is to ensure the sustainability of GWF as a social enterprise. The University of How will, like any university, have a per person tuition fee for the pre-investment training course. After successfully completing this course, graduates will have the option to apply to establish an independently operated digital learning campus. Once all prerequisites are met, GWF will charge a once-off licence fee, an optional set-up fee and an annual membership and audit fee, which will include on-going training and support.

Complementing South Africa’s 2030 Development Plan

GWF will continue to support the core principals of the South African government’s 2030 National Development Plan, in particular its commitment to “enhance the innovative capacity of the nation” by building a base of science, technology, innovation and skilled human resources.

In developing the model of rural digital learning campuses, featuring the Bridging Academy and the Open Learning Academy, GWF is demonstrating an ability to identify the major pressure points in South Africa’s education system and, using technology and “home-grown” programmes, create systemic change.